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Where is New Gold Dream?
on 11 November 2001
Simple Minds were one of the best bands to emerge from Britain in the post-punk era. Their late 70s and early 80s material was a clever fusion of rock and European electronica (think Kraftwerk, Berlin-era Bowie). Then in 1985 the Minds became a major international stadium-filling act and whilst they still made some great music from the late 80s onwards it wasn't as good as the early material and the band lost their way somewhat in the 1990s.
Listening to this CD was the first time I'd played a Simple Minds disc for quite some time now and this reaffirmed my belief that the group were top class. This is a very good compilation CD, no doubt about that, but it loses a star for failing to include New Gold Dream - one of the bands' best songs and from what was arguably their seminal LP of the same name. One good thing is that this is a more comprehensive collection of material than the Glittering Prize album from 1992. At last we get two CD's worth of some of the bands' best music.
It's good to see some of the very early songs on here (Life In A Day, Theme For Great Cities, I Travel) but I do feel that too much of this compilation is given over to the post-1989 Street Fighting Years era. In fact the first CD concentrates on the early-mid 80s material, the second CD from 1989 onwards.
As an introduction to Simple Minds it's pretty good but unfortunately not very definitive. I would like to have seen Book Of Brilliant Things included, along with the aforementioned New Gold Dream. If you have at least a passing interest in the band, it's worth the money. If you want to explore the band's best material go check out their early 80s albums such as Sons & Fascination, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain